Celebrate Halloween in the Triangle with Halloween movies, zombie walks, haunted tours, trunk or treat events, and more. Keep checking back, because we’re adding more to the list every day!
We focus on the “free and cheap” here on Triangle on the Cheap, so we’re passing on the frightfully pricey events.
Read on to learn about some safe ways to celebrate Halloween this year, and then our big list of 100+ Halloween events in the Triangle.
Safe Ways to Celebrate Halloween
Everything is different this year, and we’re all trying to figure out how to celebrate Halloween in a safer way.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidance about Halloween, in which they’ve categorized activities as “lower risk,” “moderate risk,” and “higher risk.” Follow the above link for all the advice, but the organization does indicate that traditional trick or treating and indoor costume parties are considered to be higher risk activities.
With that in mind, we’ll present some ideas for alternate or modified Halloween activities.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the safety of any activity, no matter how well planned, depends on the behavior of the people at the event. Will children be well supervised? Does your neighborhood generally adhere to masking and social distancing?
No matter how an event is planned, if a lot of the people attending tend to be careless or resistant to safe practices during everyday life, they’ll probably do the same during special events too. So, as you decide about the safety of an event or an activity, check out the plans, ask questions, and, maybe most importantly, read the crowd.
That said, here are some ideas!
Instead of trick-or-treat, hide candy in the yard like an Easter Egg hunt. You can buy Halloween-themed plastic eggs to put the candy in. Here’s one choice.
Alternatively, create a scavenger hunt, and give kids a sheet with items to look for. Then at the end, reward them with a bag of candy.
Socially Distant Costume Parade
Organize your neighborhood for this one. Spectators watch from their front yards, and participants parade in family groups down the street, leaving space between the groups.
Just like the costume parade, but all zombies!
Safer Trick or Treating
If your community is trick or treating, make it safer by walking in family groups, and finding ways to provide some distance between the trick-or-treaters and the people giving out candy. There are tons of examples of candy chutes, for example! Just google “candy chutes” and you’ll see many approaches, but the basic idea is a chute that you slide candy down.
Create a DIY Candy Hedge! This is a pretty clever idea. Follow the above link for instructions, but the idea is that you create a backdrop frame and then hang garland strips from the top, and connect candy to the garland with clothespins.
Set up spooky driveway tables with treats for kids to take.
Use a grabber hand to give kids the candy!
Go All Out on Pumpkin Carving
Browse through hundreds of free pumpkin carving patterns. Just print them out, follow the instructions on the page, and you’ll have an impressive jack-o-lantern! Drop an LED light or tea light into the pumpkin for illumination. You can definitely carve a pumpkin with kitchen knives, but some of the small tools that come with pumpkin carving kits like this one will make detail work easier.
Double Duty Masks
Regular Halloween masks won’t necessarily provide protection, but there are many Halloween-themed protective masks available now. Shop around and see if you can incorporate one into your costume.